A monocyte with a heart-shaped nucleus, isn’t that sweet?
An illustration of one of the first human-human blood transfusions.
Source - Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution
An X-ray image of an implanted pacemaker
A pacemaker is a medical device that uses electrical impulses, delivered by electrodes contracting the heart muscles, to regulate the beating of the heart.
(Source: National Geographic)
Just liquid handwash: if you aren’t totally clean, you are filthy
Probably the creepiest advertising campaign I’ve ever seen but I guess it gets the message across…
"There are some things they don’t teach you in medical school. I think you’ve got one of those things. "
It’s getting to that stage in studying for medical exams when you genuinely begin to reconsider your career choice.
For those who are thinking of applying - don’t take it lightly. There are weeks when you’ll miss full days without even realising the sun has ever risen because you’re too busy trying to assimilate more knowledge than you ever thought possible. It isn’t fun or cool at that point; it’s painfully exhausting. Don’t think it won’t happen to you, either. Every med student I’ve spoken to recently has been fantasising about all of the other things they’d rather be doing right now.
There are a lot of careers I’d be happy with and lately I’ve been wondering if maybe I’ll try out some other routes after graduation but medicine will always be a huge part of my life. At times like this, there is no light at the end of the tunnel but there is an indescribable love of what you’re doing as a whole and who you want to be at the end of it all. That feverish love of medicine, coupled with the best friends a person could ask for make it all just about tolerable.
P.S. I hope you guys all had a brilliant New Year and enjoy the rest of your holidays!
This is a skin condition characterised by target lesions, like multiple smaller versions of the erythema migrans rash observed in Lyme disease. In mild cases the target appearance may be indistinct, in which case the condition has a similar appearance to urticaria (hives).
In most cases it is caused by a virus (e.g. herpes simplex), bacteria (e.g. mycobacterium) or allergy.
Treatment can be specific to the pathological cause, for example antivirals to treat herpes simplex, or more general: painkillers, antihistamines and steroids to reduce inflammation, antibiotics to prevent secondary infection.
fromunderthemango-tree asked: Hi! Thanks for that reply the other day. I wanted to ask if you use or happen to know of any audio resources that help. Like i feel like if i had some sort of lecture/ podcast to listen to when im traveling or not sitting at my study table, i could benefit a lot. (Happy New Year btw)
Hey, happy New Year to you too!
A few ideas:
Check out the openculture(.com) website they have free audio books. I’m sure there are plenty of other sites like this too so it’s worth Googling around.
Record yourself speaking your notes and listen back to them when you’re out and about, it’s really easy to do using a smartphone. I also find it helps just reading things through outside of your head so it’s a sort of two-in-one for revision.
The BBC occasionally churn out some sciencey podcasts, which you can access via their online iPlayer. Youtube sometimes has decent lecture-type things available too.
A lot of unis often provide auditory material and video lectures so that’s also worth looking into if possible.
Hope that helps!
As a kid in primary school a few of us got into this weird habit of sucking on the ends of our hair. Our parents warned us that our insides would get riddled with disgusting hairballs. Naturally, growing up I thought it was about as true as a tree growing in my stomach after eating apple seeds but it turns out it’s a very real condition.
It’s as simple as it seems, occurring as a consequence of eating hair - a phenomenon called trichophagia. It is often coupled with trichotillomania; the compulsive urge to pull out one’s own hair.
The mass it creates is termed a trichobezoar and must be removed surgically. Accumulation of hair in the GI tract will eventually create an obstruction, a medical emergency often characterised by abdominal pain, swollen abdomen, abdominal distension, vomiting, faecal vomiting, hernia and constipation.
This occurs due to abnormalities in the anterior chamber angle of the eye, preventing drainage of aqueous humor. This raises intraocular pressure and presents with corneal oedema as seen in this photograph. Surgical intervention is required, using shunt and drainage procedures.
I’m not sure if any of you guys are using this yet but it’s definitely worth checking out - free online courses!
Anonymous asked: Thankyou so much for your advice, much appreciated :)))) xxx
Not a problem, I hope it all goes well! :)
Anonymous asked: Thankyou very much! Did you end up getting 3 A*'s for A level? Sorry for all the questions lol. But what were your gcses also? If i get no offers this year and take a gap year to apply next year, will universities favour me if I get A*'s for a2?
I ended up with A*A*A and my GCSEs were: A*A*AABBCC. I also did the ECDL and passed a genetics module with The Open University, for whatever that’s worth.
I know a lot of people who didn’t get in first time and re-applied. It shows commitment, you have confirmed exam results and there’s also a lot of stuff you can get done during your gap year to make your application really outstanding. Try not to be too disappointed if things go that way; if medicine is what you want to do then it’s definitely worth waiting for, I wouldn’t change it for the world. For now though, stay confident and pwn the interviews!
Anonymous asked: Hi! I have applied for Medicine for the 2014 entry. Just wondering, what AS grades did you get, what was your ukcat score and what were you predicted? Also, where did you apply and where did you receive interviews/offers from? Thanks xxx
AS grades: AAAA
A2 predictions: A*A*A*
Manchester: conditional offer
Leeds: conditional offer
East Anglia: rejection, no interview
Chester (biomed): unconditional offer
I hope that helps - if you have anymore questions just let me know. Good luck!